Niger

Why Niger? Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 9.5 million individuals affected by extreme poverty. The situation has been exacerbated by a significant influx of refugees, as well numbers of displaced people with the country's borders. Concern implements both humanitarian and development programmes in order to provide basic needs and, at the same time, improve the resilience of local communities.

Niger is facing many challenges

Niger experienced a significant food crisis in 2022 due climate-related events in 2021, including droughts, irregular rainfall and pest attacks.

As the country is highly dependent on agriculture, even minor climate shocks directly affects the livelihood of thousands of households. The country has registered 39% decrease in production for cereals in comparison to the average last five years and as a consequence, the lean season started much earlier than usual in 2022. 

Niger continues to face the same major challenges including epidemics, malaria, climatic hazards and people displacement due to insecurity.

Insecurity has led to forced displacement of people within the country and from within the country and from other countries into Niger. There is an estimated 600,000 displaced people in Niger.

Between chronic vulnerability and armed conflicts, more than 2.9m people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance in Niger.

This situation is aggravated by the presence of armed conflicts at Niger's borders (Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Mali) causing massive displacement and increasing vulnerability.

Latest achievements

One

Healthcare

More than 35,000 children were able to undergo health check-ups by the end of March 2022 via community active screening sessions, which were organised as part of the Project to Support Food Fortification in Niger.

Two

Disaster risk reduction

Three

Education

2022 Literacy Awards Program honoree

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The Literacy Awards Program has announced that Concern Worldwide is an honoree following the successful implementation of programmes to promote reading and literacy in Niamey, Niger.

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Habsatou Moussa (52) shows 150 women how to prepare a millet, onion and bean leaf couscous. She is part of a support group facilitated by Concern to improve nutrition in her village - Ezak. “I feel satisfied when I see children healthy and well”, she says. Photo: Darren Vaugan / Concern Worldwide.
Habsatou shows how to prepare a millet, onion and bean leaf couscous. Photo: Darren Vaugan / Concern Worldwide.
Hassana Abdourahamane, together with other members of a community farming group in Kosoma. The women grow vegetables including onions, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, cabbages and aubergines on land that is loaned to them. Initial seeds and training were provided by Concern but the women are now self-sufficient because they are able to sell some of what they grow. Photo: Chris de Bode/ Panos Pictures.
Hassana is a member of the community farming group. Photo: Chris de Bode / Panos Pictures.
Salifou Ahment, a 70 year old farmer, in Kossoma, used to struggle to feed his livestock during the dry season. Now, instead of having to travel miles to buy food, there is animal feed ‘bank’, established by Concern.Photo: Chris de Bode / Panos Pictures.
We built an animal feed 'bank' close to Salifou's home. Photo: Chris de Bode / Panos Pictures.
We are helping hundreds of vulnerable women in two local communities in Tahoua hit hard by lack of rain and a failed harvest last year. In the village of Sarkake, 316 women receive 32,500 francs (50€) each month over a period of six months. And if they have children under the age of two, they are also given a month’s supply of bio-fortified flour. Photo: Darren Vaugan / Concern Worldwide.
We are helping vulnerable women in two local communities in Tahoua. Photo: Darren Vaugan / Concern Worldwide.
Women queue to be registered before receiving their rations in Falali Village.  Photo: Ciara Hogan / Concern Worldwide.
Women queue to be registered before receiving rations in Falali Village. Photo: Ciara Hogan / Concern Worldwide.

How we’re helping Niger

Our response in Niger focuses on tackling the structural causes of extreme poverty through health, nutrition, livelihoods and education support.

Livelihoods
Malnutrition
Education in emergency
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